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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
IBM AIX lsmcode Environment Variable Bug Lets Local Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019603
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1600   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Apr 1 2008
Original Entry Date:  Mar 12 2008
Impact:   Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in AIX in the lsmcode command. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A local user can exploit a flaw in '/usr/sbin/lsmcode' to execute arbitrary code on the target system with root privileges.

IBM discovered this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes.

For 5.2.0: APAR IZ15276
For 5.3.0: APAR IZ15100
For 5.3.7: APAR IZ15057
For 6.1.0: APAR IZ15277

The vendor advisories are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error

Message History:   None.

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